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How data centre managers can match today's business pace: Schneider Electric

AvantiKumar | July 4, 2016
Schneider Electric's Malaysia-based Chan Jian Wen comments on the latest version of the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite.

Chan - Schneider Electric Malaysia 

Photo - Chan Jian Wen, Business Director, IT Business Malaysia, Schneider Electric.


Schneider Electric's latest version of its Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite will help data centre managers cope with the increasing speed of business, said the energy management and automation specialist.

Commenting on Schneider Electric's StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0, Chan Jian Wen, business director, IT Business Malaysia, Schneider Electric, said, "Data centre managers - across enterprises and colocated facilities - are facing a growing number of challenges as they look to keep up with the pace of business, including industry-wide shifts in capacity and performance needs, in an increasingly competitive market."

The latest Schneider Electric DCIM suite will help bridge the gap between facilities and IT, enhances capabilities for colocation providers, said Chan.

"It provides the asset visibility; capacity planning capabilities and risk management functionality data centre users need to optimise the performance and efficiency of their system while also enabling business growth through new services offers for clients," he said.

"This [solution] is what we see Malaysia customers are demanding from us," Chan added. "Furthermore, the continuous efforts on software development have seen as priority on decision making for data centre managers and we are glad to be the vendor that is able to grow together with them."

Drive to simplicity

He said StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0, was an enhancement to Schneider Electric's StruxureWare for Data Centers, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) suite.

The new functionalities deliver a higher level of asset visibility for key data centre stakeholders, including tenants in colocation environments, and across both IT and facilities.

This will help businesses by managing their data centres across multiple domains, providing actionable intelligence for an ideal balance of high availability and peak efficiency throughout the entire data centre life cycle.
New capabilities in v8.0 include:

- Web Client: allows user visibility into data centre assets, power usage and power capacity via any modern web browser. This lowers maintenance costs and empowers managers to make better and more informed real-time decisions.
- Tenant Portal: expands on Schneider Electric's commitment to colocators and their customers by enabling colocation providers to offer additional services on the basis of their DCIM solution, including management of individual tenant services. Tenants also have access to a KPI dashboard. Through the portal, tenants can view their assets without direct access to the colocator's local network. The colocation provider can, with a single mouse click, enable or disable the tenant portal access for each individual tenant, and decide what information is shared.
- Direct Current Capacity Planning and Risk Management: Schneider Electric said it was the first and only DCIM vendor to offer direct current capacity planning and risk management as well as the ability to support a mixed power infrastructure (both AC and DC).
- Predicted Power: provides rack and breaker level capacity planning and the potential to unlock stranded capacity as estimated load values are automatically derived from actual power measurements.

StruxureWare Data Center Operation v8.0 will be available in June through Schneider Electric and its partners. StruxureWare for Data Centers management software suite is designed to collect and manage data about a data centre's assets, resource use and operation status throughout the data centre lifecycle.


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